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The Museum at FIT Couture Council
Fall Fashion Cocktail


Jean Shafiroff and Yaz Hernandez

Jean Shafiroff and Yaz Hernandez

Liz Peek and Tom Gold

Liz Peek and Tom Gold

Chui-Ti Jensen and Victor de Souza

Chui-Ti Jensen and Victor de Souza

The Museum at FIT Couture Council
 Fall Fashion Cocktail


On November 17, 2011 The Museum at FIT’s Couture Council hosted The Fall Fashion Cocktail at The Soho Grand Hotel in the Club Room (310 West Broadway, New York City) saluting new Couture Council members, fashion professionals, and longtime fashion patrons.

The event was hosted by Michelle Harper (Board Member), Yaz Hernandez (President of the Board), Liz Peek (Chairman of the Board), Dr. Valerie Steele (Director of The Museum at
FIT), and the Couture Council Board of Directors.

Fashion industry guests included: Fabiola Arias, Gabi Asfour, Victoria Bartlett (VPL), Patrick Bradbury (Bradbury Lewis), Carlos Campos, Maria Cornejo, Christian Cota, Tracy Cyprow
(stylist), Angela Donhauser, Camilla Louise Elphick (- Donna Karen), Adi Gil (Three As Four), Justin Giunta (Subversive Jewelry), Hanuk, Heather Huey, Gemma Kahng, Billy Kidd (photographer), Poppy King, Christian Lamgberin (-Giorgio Armani Corporation), Bliss Lau,
Adam Lippes, Tan Mang Ling (model), Valeria “ValBlu” McCulloch, Gregory Nato, Tom Scott, Marcia Sherrill (Anabelle), Michelle Smith (Milly), Sasha Stiles (Cynthia Steffe & Chaus, Inc.),
Rolando Santana, Justin Teodoro (Cynthia Steffe & Chaus, Inc. Daniela Vargas (- Theory), Jessica Yohannan (jewelry designer) and Dr. Valerie Steele, and Patricia Mears (deputy director
of The Museum at FIT).

Notable guests attending included: Nate Berkus, Mickey Boardman, Pablo Cisneros, Victor de Souza, Tom Gold (NYCB), Audrey Gruss, George Kaufman, Agnes Gund, Chui-Ti Jensen,
Alexandra Lebenthal, Anita Sarko, and Sarah and Whitney Wolfe.

The Couture Council is a membership group dedicated to supporting The Museum at FIT, a specialized museum of fashion. The Couture Council helps make it possible for The Museum at FIT to mount world-class exhibitions of fashion, to acquire important objects for its permanent collection, and to organize public programs, such as the annual fashion symposium.

The Couture Council accomplishes these goals through collecting membership dues and by organizing
fundraising events such as the annual Couture Council Awards Luncheon, which presents a noted
designer with the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.
Couture Council Annual Membership is $1,000 per individual or couple; $500 for members over 35 years of age who are actively working in the fashion industry (these are by invitation
only); and $350 for Young Associates (under the age of 35).

Membership is tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Please make checks payable to the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries. Mail checks to The Museum at FIT, attention:
Couture Council, 227 West 27th Street, Director's Office, Room E304, New York, NY 10001- 5992.

Members of the Couture Council receive invitations to at least five special events a year, including behind-the-scenes tours of the museum's collection and exhibitions, opening receptions, and visits to the ateliers of fashion designers in New York. Couture Council
members are also the first to receive notice of the annual Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Award luncheon.

In addition, Couture Council members receive complimentary admittance to all Museum educational programs, as well as to the annual fashion symposium.

The board of directors of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT includes -Elizabeth Peek (chair), Yaz Hernàndez (president), Joele Fran
k, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Michèle Gerber
Klein, Anne S. Goldrach, Michelle Harper, Celia Hegyi, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Eleanora Kennedy, Alexandra Lebenthal, Kamie Lightburn, Doris P. Meister, Charlotte Moss, Peter G. Scotese, Jean Shafiroff, Jieun Wax, and Sarah G. Wolfe.

For more about The Couture Council visit

About The Museum at FIT:

The Museum at FIT is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, which have been described by
Roberta Smith in The New York Times as “ravishing,” the museum has a collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present. Like other fashion
museums, such as the Musée de la Mode, the Mode Museum, and the Museo de la Moda, The Museum at FIT collects, conserves, documents, exhibits, and interprets fashion. The museum’s
mission is to advance knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

Daphne Guinness is the subject of a major exhibition at The Museum at FIT on view through January 7, 2012. Approximately 100 garments and accessories from her personal collection are
featured, along with clothes that she has designed herself, a selection of her vertiginous shoes, and her films, The Phenomenology of the Body and Mnemosyne. The exhibition was co-curated
by Daphne Guinness and Valerie Steele.

The Great Designers: Part One is the first of two upcoming exhibitions that will highlight masterpieces from the museum’s permanent collection. On view from November 29, 2011
through May 8, 2012., more than fifty garments and accessories by designers from Alaïa to Zoran will be featured, including work by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Christian Dior, and Miuccia Prada.
The Great Designers, Part One and The Great Designers, Part Two are being organized in celebration of The Museum at FIT’s forthcoming book, The Great Designers: Fashion’s Hall of
Fame from A to Z, to be published by TASCHEN in spring 2012. The book will feature color photographs of 500 of the museum’s masterpieces by 100 of history’s greatest fashion designers.
A short biography of each of the featured designers will be preceded by an extensive essay on the history of fashion museums and exhibitions by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The
Museum at FIT.

For more about The Museum at FIT, visit

About FIT:

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), of which The Museum at FIT is a part, is a college of art and design, business and technology that educates more than 10,000 students annually. FIT is a college of the State University of New York (SUNY), and offers 46 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees. For more about FIT visit

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